Will Rogers World Airport is located in southwest Oklahoma City, less than 15 minutes by car from downtown (www.flyokc.com). The airport is named for humorist and Oklahoma native Will Rogers (1879-1935) who was, ironically, killed in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935. Fortunately, Rogers’ bad luck with aviation has not affected the airport, which is an easy place to navigate, with ample parking and curbside drop-off and pickup available. The airport itself is on the small side, which means that security lines are typically fast-moving and no gate is more than about a 5-minute walk from any part of the airport. Oklahoma City isn’t a hub, which means that unless you’re flying from another hub city (Houston or Chicago, for example), you’ll need to plan to change planes en route. But most of the major airlines fly in and out of Will Rogers, with Delta, American Airlines and Southwest providing the largest number of flights. Will Rogers World Airport also offers limited international flights. The simplest way to get from the airport into Oklahoma City is by car, but you can take an airport shuttle (www.airportexpressokc.com, 405-681-3311) or a taxi; both will run you about $20-$25 to downtown. For airport service, contact Will Rogers Airport Taxi (405-593-1250) or Airport Express (405-681-3311).
Oklahoma is not a place known for its train culture, but in 1999, the Heartland Flyer, a joint venture between Amtrak and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, began offering rail service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. The Heartland Flyer runs daily, and the 418-mile trip includes stops in Norman (home of the University of Oklahoma) and Pauls Valley (where you can visit the Toy and Action Figure Museum). The Heartland Flyer leaves Oklahoma City’s Santa Fe station, located downtown, at 8:25AM. It leaves Fort Worth at 5:25PM daily, arriving in Oklahoma City at 9:39PM. During the weekend of the Red River Shootout (the annual football clash between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Texas Longhorns), extra coaches are added, and buses shuttle fans to and from their hotels, making travel to the game (an Oklahoma City institution) simple and comfortable. From Fort Worth, you can connect with Amtrak trains to other cities. Oklahoma City has no light rail or metro service at this time. (www.amtrak.com)
Oklahoma City isn’t a town where you can step outside and flag a cab. The downtown is walkable, as is Bricktown, but for the most part, everyone has a car, or access to one. If you need taxi service around town, you can call Yellow Cab or Checker Cab, although neither has particularly sterling user reviews (cabs are slow arriving or unable to find locations, and dispatchers are unhelpful). If you’re going to need transportation around the city while you’re here, skip the cab service and rent a car, or hire a car service. We recommend Royal Limousine Service (405-789-9500 www.royallimousa.com/) or Metropolitan Limousine 940-498-LIMO.